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11 Apr 2014

FOTD ft Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder

I cannot tell you how many face pictures I had to take today. It's too embarrassing. I am going to blame TOtM for the fact that my face didn't work - as opposed to the makeup. Because that bit I liked!

I slapped on the foundation, a bit of shadow and the standard basics of mascara and eyeliner before I got to the cheeks. On went Tom Ford Frantic Pink and chasing that was Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Powder in Candlelight.

This was a purchase made in the UK and here's what I remember thinking upon seeing it:

a) This is friggin tiny. It looks like it should be an eyeshadow.

b) Okay, so it's wee but the warm pale gold tone and fine texture make up for it.

It's very pretty and all that but the problem with highlighters is that once you've seen one, you've seen them all. It is very hard to discern one brand from the other, objectively review them and even capture the difference in a photograph.

But I do think this is slightly different from the likes of Dior's "Diamond" series or any of the others in my collection. And this is why:

a) It's a very fine finish. This is the kind of highlighter you could slap on during the day and not worry about. Pores won't be magnified but the high points of your face that you want to "pop" will be.

b) It gives good shine. Some highlighters can make you look like a grease ball. Admittedly I have a heavy hand so it's probably more my lacklustre application than the product itself but I feel like this is a foolproof choice because the veil of glow that it gives is subtle and beautiful!

I would recommend it BUT if I am totally honest, you could probably get by with a shadow like MAC Nylon and it wouldn't be totally dissimilar. Okay, Kevyn Aucoin's has more of a warm undertone to it but once blended on the face I don't think even the most fervent makeup collector could tell the difference!

On the rest of the face:

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless foundation in Natural with Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Classic Beige over the top. I also added a bit of the Clarins Splendour bronzer over the top. More the merrier!
Concealer: Collections 2000 Lasting Perfection...just incredible. Still.
Eyeshadow: A By Terry trio that I cannot find anywhere and have no idea what it's called! I mainly used the light shade and the brown for a light wash.
Eyeliner: L'oreal eyeliner and Isadora mascara (meh!)
Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rose Brown with a slick of Too Faced La Creme in Nude Beach

I hope you had a good Friday. I pottered around the house and before I went to Waitrose (rock on!) watched the sunset on Jumeirah Beach. I always go to a little spot behind Sunset Mall. It's quiet and you always get a good rock to sit on :)

My name is Laura and I am a sunset-o-holic :)

And because there is no other place to put it, I want to show off my new silver flats. Simone got these for me and they are perfect. Comfortable, pointed toe and well, silver! 

They are from ASOS and are currently reduced from £40 to £25 - bargain :) Link!

Have a great night and I will see you tomorrow!


  1. Looking lovely Laura :) And that sunset is beautiful! xx


  2. oooh that powder looks beautiful on you :)
    also love love love that sunset photo!

  3. I've been toying with getting that highlighter recently but when I swatched it, it looked very similar to my topshop crescent moon highlighter! It's still beautiful and I might just cave... Those Bobbi Brown lip crayons look divine, too! xx

  4. Love those silver shoes!! So cute and perfect for more relaxed occasions.

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  5. Lovely! And this post reminded me that I needed to go highlight my own face :) haha


  6. You look so stunning in these pictures :)


  7. THAT SUNSET! Love the lip pencil on you, must really check that out.

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  8. I really wanna try this powder out - heard great things about it from other bloggers too :-)


  9. Why has Kevyn Aucoin gone miniature?! I've noticed they've changed all their packaging, I think I preferred the old packaging! Great look though Laura :) oh and I've just bagged the shoes - oops!

    Lis x


  10. such a lovely lip combination!

  11. I finally got the opportunity to see some Kevin Aucoin products in the flesh and hot damn they are TINY! Could not get over the size! Teeny! They do look absolutely lovely though. Love the last little shot. I'm all about the cute shoe selfie ;)


  12. I think I've fallen a little bit in love with your shoes...


  13. I absolutely love sunsets, too, especially by the water. It makes me miss home.

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  14. Hi Laura!!!! it's my last day in Dubai today sniff sniff. Gotta say I loved it soooo much. We did a desert safari this time and watched the sunset from a sand mountain.... It was breathtaking

  15. I only brought one highlighter with me on holiday. I think it's a limited edition gold one by Estée Lauder released Christmas 2013. I kinda regretted it at first coz it was bit too much for London but soooo perfect for Dubai. Anyway wish me a safe flight. See ya later xoxo

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  17. I luuuurrve your lip colour today Laura. And more silver cuteness! I'm still loving my ASOS spring breaks after you twisted my arm to buy them!!!!
    Hugs xoxo

  18. Very pretty! Also loving those silver flats with your tan <3

  19. Hi Laura, I was in Space NK about 6 months ago and noticed that they had changed the packaging of the Kevyn Aucoin. I actually laughed out loud when I saw how small pan was. The assistant came across and I pointed out how much smaller it was. She earnestly told me they had just changed the shape not the amount. I still have the one I bought in 2011 so as a point of principle I checked when I got home. It was 5g and I paid £35. Same price now but it's 3.1g. Sneaky. I wish companies were a bit more transparent and acknowledged these things. Still great product x

  20. You look absolutely beautiful, lovely post.

    Jess x

  21. Oh wow, you look stunning! I need this powder in my life.. like right this minute, gorgeous! xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  22. You're so gorgeous! I love your makeup, and wow, the sunset looks beautiful!


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  24. i wrote u in twitter, only to say that the new illuminator from Nars is very similar to the candelight, fyi
    I miss ur videos


  25. Your makeup looks absolutely amazing!! Such a nice look!!
    Great pictures btw!
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    Elizabeth x

  26. Gorgeous! Sometimes highlighters are too shiny and don't blend well, like you can see exactly where it was applied, but this one blends beautifully.

  27. Great makeup and nice shoes! Have a nice weekend.


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  29. Looking beautiful. That lip colour is so pretty on you. I love candlelight but don't reach for it that often, I'm definitely preferring cream highlights at the moment. Super pretty shoes too :) xx

  30. I love that you said that about the celestial powder - all I ever see are reviews that claim it to be the next Jesus and I was wondering why!! Glad you cleared it up a bit.



  31. Gorgeous as per usual, you're shoes are lovely.


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  34. Are those ASOS shoes comfy? I often find pointed toed flats too uncomfortable to wear for more tha a few hours. Especially when they're cheapish as they're usually PVC not leather and they don't soften.


  35. I hate that they've repackaged, so now you get much less for the same price. Hmm. Looking lovely though :) xx

  36. I like this highlighter too and not to encourage you to add to your highlighter collection, but.... you should definitely try the Laura Mercier baked highlighter 01. It is HUGE, has a similar finish but - dare I say it? - more finely milled luminosity. Love your blog!


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  39. Your sunset photo is beautiful! I'm always torn when buying highlighters, many of them just all look the same once you've put them on, but it's good to know that you recommend this one! :)

    Love Amylou x